Updated on 09/16/2011 8:32AM

Stallion Mellow Roll euthanized after injury


ELMONT, N.Y. - Mellow Roll, a New York-bred champion standing his second year at stud at Anstu Farm, was euthanized in April from complications of a leg fracture.

Mellow Roll, a 7-year-old son of the popular New York sire Distinctive Pro, shattered the pastern bone in his left foreleg in a paddock accident at Anstu Farm in February. Surgery was performed at Cornell University to stabilize the break and Mellow Roll was expected to recover. Mellow Roll, however, foundered in his opposite foreleg, a common complication after a broken leg, and had to be euthanized.

Mellow Roll, who entered stud in 2001, leaves behind five foals who were born this year. He did not cover any mares during this breeding season.

Mellow Roll raced for Stuart and Anita Subotnick, the owners of Anstu Farm, located in Millbrook, N.Y. He was the only stallion standing at the 265-acre Anstu Farm, which is home to the Subotnick's broodmare band.

During his racing career, Mellow Roll was a tough competitor. He won $555,772 during three seasons of racing and was victorious in distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/8 miles.

Mellow Roll was outstanding during his first season of racing. He was named New York-bred champion 2-year-old colt on the strength of his five wins from seven starts. Among Mellow Roll's juvenile highlights were victories in the New York Breeders' Futurity, Sleepy Hollow, Aspirant, and a division of the New York Stallion Stakes.

The following year, Mellow Roll only won two of 10 starts, but they were important wins - the Empire Classic and Alex M. Robb. He also finished second in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge and closed out the season with $250,281 in earnings.

Mellow Roll ran seven times as a 4-year-old without visiting the winner's circle and then was retired with an overall record of 7-4-4 from 24 starts. Todd Pletcher trained Mellow Roll.

Jane Schosberg of Pine Lane Farm in Katonah, N.Y., is listed as the breeder of Mellow Roll. Schosberg and her husband, Paul, the owners of Mellow Roll's dam, Tim's Lady, sold Mellow Roll as a 2-year-old for $67,000 at Fasig-Tipton's February sale in Florida.

Mellow Roll is Tim's Lady's fourth foal and best runner to date. The 16-year-old mare was bred to Grade 1 winner More Than Ready this year. In 2001, the Schosberg's mare produced a Conquistador Cielo colt who will be offered for sale at Fasig-Tipton's July sale in Kentucky. This year, Tim's Lady, a daughter of Oh Say, foaled a Conquistador Cielo filly who the Schosbergs plan to race and then breed.

Of the foals Mellow Roll left behind, three - two fillies and a colt - are owned by the manager of Anstu Farm, Jim Moloney. Moloney said the other two babies are owned by the Subotnicks.

Moloney, who said he was heartbroken over Mellow Roll's death, plans on racing Mellow Roll's foals.

"The New York-bred program is so good, it would be stupid not to," Moloney said last week.

Moloney, who recently spread Mellow Roll's ashes at Anstu Farm, said he would miss not having Mellow Roll on the farm. Mellow Roll was the first horse to arrive at Anstu Farm, which was bought by the Subotnick's in 1999 to facilitate their private breeding operation.

"A great character Mellow Roll was," Moloney said. "He was a good, old friend"